Angry Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho calls Gareth Bale at press conference, says Instagram post ‘contradicts’ reality
A frustrated Jose Mourinho responded to Gareth Bale’s ‘totally false’ and ‘contradictory’ Instagram post ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Everton.
The Wales star posted a photo of the training ground ahead of the FA Cup fifth round loss to the Toffees with the caption: “Have a good session today.”
However, the winger, on loan from Real Madrid, was left out of Wednesday night’s clash, with Mourinho later saying the player suffered from a muscle injury and asked not to play.
Spurs face Manchester City on Saturday and Mourinho said Bale will be assessed on Friday on whether he will play a role in the clash, but he felt the need to address the elephant in the hall while he was on press duty on the eve of the match. .
“I hope the press conference is about the game and not about individuals, but I have to admit that his post created the need to be addressed as there was a contradiction between the message and the reality,” said the Portuguese about Bale’s Instagram post.
“From the start of the season, in relation to everything, I’ve been trying to be very private and keep everything inside. But I felt I had to sort it out.
“Probably the post wasn’t even his responsibility, I don’t know. But the post did show this workout, so ‘I’m ready’ and it was totally wrong.
“So when I was questioned I had to tell the reality of the things I am repeating for the last time and I hope there are no more questions about it because the situation was exactly as I was. Said he was not feeling well, he asked for a scan, he had the scan, the scan didn’t show any injury but his feelings were still there.
“But coaches, sports scientists and doctors can never go against the feelings because the feelings of the players are more important than all of us, so he was not ready for the game and that was too simple as that. If he’s ready for tomorrow, he’s selected for tomorrow. “
Bale has struggled to play consistently since signing a one-year loan deal with the north London club, scoring four goals in 15 appearances to date.
This has led some to speculate whether his relationship and Mourinho’s are strained, especially after a training ground video emerged of the manager seeming to blow Bale up with the phrase: “You want to stay here or go to Madrid and not play football?”
Some think he just needs more playing time to get back to his best, but whether he can afford it under Mourinho is another matter.
First of all, however, he needs to be fit enough for Saturday’s crucial clash with Manchester City, leader Pep Guardiola.